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Visitor restrictions at UHL due to Limerick measles outbreak

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STRICT visitor restrictions are in place at University Hospital Limerick in light of the continuing outbreak of measles in the Limerick City area.

Restrictions had already been in place since late December following an increase in seasonal influenza.

However, the restrictions will remain enforced as a precaution in view of the ongoing outbreak of measles in the Limerick City area.

“There are currently a small number of patients with measles in isolation at UHL and the hospital is taking all necessary precautions to contain the illness.

“UL Hospitals Group is working closely with public health and community colleagues on the Outbreak Control Team set up to manage this outbreak,” a UHL spokesperson said.

Four cases of Measles have been confirmed in Limerick City since the start of the year.

This number of cases constitutes an outbreak of the disease in the Limerick City.

An “Outbreak Control Team” made up of representatives from the HSE are involved in managing the outbreak in an effort to prevent further spread.

“It is imperative that persons with symptoms of measles do not come to the Emergency Department at UHL seeking a diagnosis unless they are very unwell. “They should in the first distance contact their GP (ideally by telephone) and arrangements can be made to have symptomatic cases swabbed in their own home by public health staff,” the UHL spokesperson added.

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